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Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online

The Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online degree program prepares teachers with the motivational, management and assessment skills to help English language learners succeed in the classroom and beyond. It is designed to meet the requirements for adding an additional ESL specialization to your teaching certification.

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36 credit hours
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The M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL online program introduces teachers to the design, methodologies and techniques of scientifically based educational research in making informed decisions that positively impact student achievement with particular emphasis on serving the needs of students with a primary language other than English.

You will learn how to support student learning by building key relationships with school community stakeholders including students, teachers, faculty, parents and the community at large. You will also gain insight into the educational needs of English language learners and how to develop instructional programs to assist, instruct and support these learners, including the socio-cultural factors that affect their learning and aid in their transition to U.S. schools.

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*Price includes distance learning fee.

Online Courses

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework as outlined in the following degree plan. Participation in a specialization area may or may not lead to additional credentialing. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for certification and/or endorsement in a specialization area.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

PEDG 5310 Research/Current Issues in Education

This course introduces teachers to the design, methodologies, and techniques necessary to understand educational research and to use “scientifically-based research” in making informed decisions which can positively impact student achievement. An emphasis is placed on action research.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5326 School Community Relations

This course provides a foundation for developing relationships with stakeholders within the school community; students, faculty, parents, and the community at large for the expressed goal of supporting student learning. A fundamental purpose of the course is to understand and implement strategies to develop essential partnerships between schools and the larger community to foster student learning and achievement.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5327 Schools as Learning Communities

This course provides educators a basic understanding of the strengths and structure of learning communities with a focus on developing a culture of change and improvement for student learning. Special emphasis is given to facilitation skills, team building, and mentoring.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5344 School Law

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5367 Diverse Learners

This course enhances teachers' ability to develop instructional programs to assess, instruct, and support students with diverse learning needs. Special emphasis is given to special education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5372 Using Assessment Data to Guide Instructional Decisions

This course supports teachers as they develop the competencies to utilize formative and summative assessment practices and data to inform and guide curriculum development and instruction. Special emphasis is given to analyzing classroom and school-based assessment results to aid in meeting the needs of diverse learners.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5373 Student Expectations & Motivation

This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PEDG 5376 Practicing Teacher Leadership

This is a synthesis course where students will examine what they have studied and learned through the course of the program and reflect on how this new learning will impact their practices in their classroom and as teacher leaders on their campuses and/or in their districts. This course is presented in five weeks, with each week including readings from current research on the topic, lecture from Lamar University professors, discussion with your colleagues, and an assignment. Throughout the five weeks, you will explore the following topics: teacher leadership, professional portfolios, reflective practice, effective mentoring of novice teachers, and lifelong learning.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENSL 5300 ESL Curriculum and Assessment (pending board approval)

This course focuses on curriculum and assessment for ESL education. Course readings, assignments, and class discussions will constitute guides to thinking about the relationships among standards, lesson planning, and assessment. A key component of the course is to discuss issues and concepts of assessment and think through how English language learners' oral, reading and writing development is assessed using as guidelines the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) or similar standards from another state. The course also provides a general background in teaching and assessing ESL-Special Education students.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENSL 5301 Methods and Approaches in Teaching ESL

This course introduces the methods and approaches for providing language and content instruction to English Language Learners (ELLs). The course also reviews types of ESL programs, relevant federal and state learning standards, socio-cultural factors affecting ELLs, and teaching strategies, classroom management techniques and instructional tools that support ELLs' learning and adjustment in U.S. schools. The goal of the course is not to provide simplistic recipes for instruction, nor does it argue for a singular approach or method. Instead, the course seeks to engender a critical awareness of the complexity of teaching ELLs and to encourage an understanding of the primary literature that informs ESL instruction.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENSL 5302 Literacy for English Language Learners

This course focuses on the teaching of what have traditionally been called language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Rather than separating language instruction into discrete skills, this course emphasizes the integration of all language skills in teaching literacy. Strategies and techniques for effective literacy instruction for English language learners (ELLs) are presented and applied, and the relationship among schooling, literacy, and social and cultural life are explored. Additionally, strategies for increasing family and community involvement to support English language learners' literacy learning are addressed.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENSL 5303 Understanding Language & Language Learning

The first half of this course will focus on the nature of language and basic concepts of language system (e.g., phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics, discourse, pragmatics), the functions and registers of language (e.g., social versus academic language) in English, the structure of the English language (e.g., word formation, grammar, vocabulary and syntax), and the patterns and conventions of written and spoken English. The second half of this course will address theories, concepts and research related to L1 and L2 acquisition/learning.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


Lamar University's online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership with a Specialization in ESL offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

January 22, 2019

Apply by December 20, 2018

March 4, 2019

Apply by February 27, 2019

April 15, 2019

Apply by March 14, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.


Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.


Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.